The Blues Foundation has announced the 2015 selection of three living performers to be inducted into its Blues Hall of Fame: Eric Clapton, Tommy Brown and Little Richard. Eric Clapton is the first British musician to be inducted. The foundation said he was tapped for "for his many musical achievements as well as for his role as a popularizer of the entire genre. He brought the blues to audiences in his native Britain and throughout the world, illuminating the work of the original blues artists who inspired him."
Pop sensation Ed Sheeran has broken out a replica of Eric Clapton's Crashocaster at a few high profile gigs of late, including the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles last Sunday. It's an apparent homage to Eric's influence on an 11 year-old budding musician. Last summer, Ed told Zane Lowe on MTV Soundchain that "My Dad's record collection was pretty much the first education I had. But when I first picked up an instrument, I watched the Queen's Jubilee in 2002 and Eric Clapton came on stage and played Layla. I was like 'Wow. That was really cool. I wanna play that.' And that was why I got a guitar; first song I learned. And then I got into rock bands and got into guitar players." Eric played the Crashocaster at that event.